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05/13/04 - Hospitality Scholarship Awards Announ


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (207) 797-3363 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Announces The Recipients of its 2004 Hospitality Scholarships The Association has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships in twenty years Freeport, ME - May 13, 2004 - The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association - a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, announced at a luncheon this week eight recipients of its 2004 Hospitality Scholarship Awards. The program, designed to meet the partial needs of Maine students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, has awarded over $100,000 in scholarship money to 200 recipients since its inception 20 years ago. This year there were 30 applications and $4,000 was awarded to the following eight recipients: Greg Forzley (Dennis Johnston Award) - Wells Jonathan Carney (Charles Keegan Award) - Lincoln Miranda Roy (Marcel Lacasse Award) - Sanford Nicole Simon (Ed Langlois Award) - Gardiner Shelby Stevens (Earl LeClair Award) - Farmington Christopher Geer - Providence, RI Julie Plourde - Winslow Danielle Montana - Burnham Students who apply for the scholarships are judged by a selection committee that looks at many different criteria including scholastic record, financial data, extra curricular activities, desire for a career in the hospitality industry, and employment record. Scholarship awards are given only to students who have been accepted to fully accredited schools, with specialties in hotel administration and culinary arts. These schools include, but are not limited to: all hospitality schools within State University Systems, all private Universities and Colleges, and Maine Community College System. There is also a Non-Hospitality Scholarship Award available to employees and family members of innkeepers, who are pursuing their education in a non-hospitality field, allowing an opportunity for a scholarship in any career of their choice. "We are thrilled about the opportunities that our scholarship program offers students of the hospitality industry in Maine," said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. "We enjoy supporting the young adults of Maine, and encourage them to pursue careers in hospitality, to help build the growing business of tourism in this state." About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation is affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine's lodging industry and its visitors, that represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at ###

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